NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Minnesota volleyball team suffered a defeat on Saturday as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights achieved a 3-1 (20-25, 22-25, 25-16, 14-25) victory on the road at the College Ave Gym.
The loss dropped Minnesota’s overall record to 6-8, with a 2-4 record in Big Ten play.
McKenna Wucherer led the Golden Gophers offense, recording 16 kills with a hitting percentage of .293. Lydia Grote added 13 kills and Taylor Landfair contributed 12, showcasing a balanced attack from Minnesota. Defensively, Kylie Murr made 12 digs and Arica Davis contributed seven blocks.
- Minnesota had three players with double-figure kills.
- Taylor Landfair recorded a team-high two aces in the loss.
- Minnesota dominated the third set, winning 25-16 without ever trailing.
- McKenna Wucherer led Minnesota with 16 kills.
- Kylie Murr made a team-high 12 digs for Minnesota.
- Melani Shaffmaster provided a team-high 23 assists for Minnesota’s attackers.
How It Happened
SET 1 – The Golden Gophers fell behind early and lost the first set 25-20. Rutgers maintained the lead throughout the set, with Minnesota only tying the score once.
SET 2 – Minnesota dropped the second set 25-22, falling behind in the match by two sets. Rutgers took control of the set after tying the score four times.
SET 3 – Minnesota rallied back, winning the third set 25-16 to pull within two sets to one. The Golden Gophers never trailed in the set, building a 10-point lead before securing the victory.
SET 4 – Minnesota couldn’t maintain their momentum and lost the fourth set 25-14, resulting in a match defeat. Rutgers took control early in the set and Minnesota couldn’t recover.
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